Oklahoma tax cut opponents see history repeating

Published: April 5, 2013
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin fights for an increasingly embattled income tax rate cut, some officials wonder whether history is repeating itself.

Fallin started this year's session with a call for a cut in the top income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent. But the Republican-controlled House and Senate rejected each other's version of the proposal this week, sending Republicans back to the drawing board.

House Democratic leader Scott Inman says the same thing happened last year, when the governor's push for a deeper tax cut failed in the last days of the session after Republicans couldn't agree on details.

But Republican leaders say they're talking with each other and will pass a tax cut this time. The average taxpayer would save $80 a year under Fallin's proposal.